Family Resources


Bridges 4 Kids

Bridges4Kids is a statewide, non-profit parent organization dedicated to building partnerships between families, schools and communities to help promote developmental and educational success for all children.

This Michigan non-profit parent organization provides a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life.

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Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education (CAUSE)

CAUSE is the designated Parent Training and Information Center related to special education for the state of Michigan. It offers free workshops, as well as information at their toll-free number at (800) 221-9105, to anyone who needs assistance. It is a coalition which provides a forum for special education consumers and providers to exchange ideas and information with other groups, as well as help solve problems in the delivery of special education.

The Family Village Project

The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory. The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnosis. Visitors can also learn about assistive technology , legal rights and legislation , special education , leisure activities and much more. Founded in 1996, the Family Village is sponsored by the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison .

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Michigan Alliance for Families

This website provides information, support, and education to families of children and adults with disabilities form birth through age 25 currently in the educational system. The purpose of the project is to increase the involvement of families in their children's education and in the educational system in general.

Michigan Family-to-Family Health Information & Education Center (F2FHIEC)

The goal of the center is to improve access to quality care and supports for children with special needs in their communities by empowering families. Together with other family, community, and state-wide partners, the center seeks to enhance its resources and expand outreach to families across Michigan through information, education and parent-to-parent support.


Michigan Great Parents

"This site has been designed for Great Parents, the first program under Michigan's Gr

eat Start Initiative. is a project in cooperation with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA), Macomb Intermediate School District (ISD) and Michigan State Government.
The Great Parents programs is designed for the families of children from birth to age five. The objectives of the Great Parent initiative are to provide:

  • Information on development of children from birth to age five
  • Methods to enhance parent/child interaction
  • Examples of learning opportunities to promote intellectual, physical and social growth of children birth to five years of age
  • Promotion of access to needed community services through a community-school-home partnership"

Parent Engagement Information and Tools

Moving Beyond Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement: This document was produced by the Michigan Department of Education, and it supports districts in the development, assessment, and implementation of parent engagement policies, programs, and plans.

Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers

Each state is home to at least one parent center. Parent centers serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

Project Great Start (PGS):

Doing simple everyday things like talking,reading, and playing will help your child grow. The PGS Web site offers information and tools to help parents help their children improve upon these tasks. PGS is a statewide effort to coordinate all state initiatives toward meeting measurable results for Michigan's youngest children. It offers a strategic plan for Michigan's early childhood system with programs, services and support aids for all children from birth to age five.

Supplemental Educational Services (SES),1607,7-140-6530_30334-49582--,00.html

Students who are struggling in schools identified as "in need of improvement" may be eligible for SES. Services include tutoring, small group instruction, and computer instruction in reading or math. Services are provided at no cost to parents before or after school, on weekends, or during the summer. A listing of SES providers by school district as well as a master list of approved providers can be found at the website provided.